IIWILL GRANT BAGLEY
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Will Grant Bagley
|Will Bagley is an independent writer and historian whose column, HISTORY MATTERS, appears every Sunday in The Salt Lake Tribune. Recognized as one of America's foremost authorities on western trail history and the Mormon settlement of the Great Basin. [Will Bagley is editor of the Arthur H. Clark Co. series "Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier."]
Mr. Bagley has written dozens of articles and books which have received national attention. The New York Review of Books praised Mr. Bagley’s latest work, "Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) as "an exhaustive, meticulously documented, highly readable history..." The book has won over a dozen prestigous national awards.
Mr. Bagley is a native of Utah, attended Brigham Young University and was a President’s Scholar at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he graduated in 1971 with a degree in History.
[Will Bagley has made numerous presentations throughout the state of Utah [including the Utah Mayflower Society and the Mormon History Association], and has served as a historical consultant for National Geographic Magazine, the National Park Service, Frontline, and for more than a dozen documentary films that have appeared on A&E Television, The History Channel, and PBS.]
Mr. Bagley took a raft down the Mississippi River from Illinois to New Orleans in 1969 and has worked as a laborer and country musician.
For twelve years he was a technical writer for computer companies, but he is now a fulltime writer and historian who frequently appears on PBS documentaries.
Will Bagley at John Whitmore History Association 2003,
Will Bagley spoke on "Only the Truth is Good Enough": The Historiography of a Massacre"
|(The John Whitmer Historical Association announced that this book was awarded the 2003 Best Book Award presented annually through the generosity of the Smith-Pettit Foundation of Salt Lake City. Also The Western Writers of America gave this book the Spur Award for best non-fiction book on a nineteenth-century subject. )|
|by Beth Shumway Moore and Will Bagley|
|(University of Utah Publications in the American West 1992. Dedicated to is wife, Jan.)|
|by Kenneth N. Owens and Will Bagley|
|by Pat Bagley and Will Bagley|
|by J. Roderic Korns, Dale Lowell Morgan, Will Bagley, and Harold Schindler|
|by David L. Bigler and Will Bagley|
|by Thomas Bullock and Will Bagley|
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|In process: History of Nathaniel Vary Jones|
Margene Bailey Bagley and Lawrence "Larry" "Moon" Miles Bagley (1928-2005, son of attorney Grant Bagley) are the parents of Will Bagley, a historian in Salt Lake City; Kevin Bagley, an attorney in San Diego; and Patrick "Pat" Bagley, an editorial cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune; their daughter, Lisa Bagley Payne, is a children's clothing shop owner in Maui. Larry graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City.
After his move to California, Larry was elected the Mayor of Oceanside, California in 1980, 1984, 1988-1992 . Larry served longer than any other mayor. Two contractors in California told his son, "Your father is the only honest politician we've ever met." A wonderful epitaph for an objective, veracious man.
Governor Scott Matheson once said of Grant Bagley, "he is the most ethical attorney I ever met." It is a family trait and tradition to be above reproach. Will Bagley has said that his honesty is extremely important to him. "If my ethics are ever questioned it is usually by people who lack it themselves."
Will Bagley's equally famous brother, Pat Bagley, was also born in Salt Lake City but was raised in Oceanside, Southern California, where their father was mayor. Politics was an early and abiding interest in their family. As part of a high school civics class, Pat participated in a PBS interview of Ronald Reagan. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978.
Pat was hired as The Salt Lake Tribune's first political cartoonist in 1979. His family roots in Utah combined with his love of the land and quirky people makes him a a first rate commentator on the local culture. No one takes a chain saw to Utah with more loving care.
Over the years his cartoons have appeared in Time Magazine, The National Review,The Washington Post, The Guardian of London and The Los Angeles Times, and Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year. He is the winner of several cartooning awards. His syndicated cartoons appear in newspapers around the country.
During the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Bagley's "unofficial" Utah-themed pins were a tremendous hit, sometimes selling for as much as $80. He continues to create new pins and is the only recognized "pin artist" in the world today.
His many books include Oh My Heck!, This is the Place (a young adult history of Utah), Dinosaurs of Utah, Welcome to Utah, and the nationally acclaimed Clueless George Goes to War. The father of two, he says he is especially well loved by dogs and small children
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Will Bagley is a cousin of Kathy Bagley Garff.
Photos and information from
"Army of Israel" by Will Bagley, 2005.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/obituaries/20051230-9999-1mi30bagley.html Mayor Larry Bagley 1928-2005 elected in 1980, 1984, 1988.
Additions, bold, [bracketed], some photos, etc., added by Lucy Brown Archer
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